Tamworth employers urged to make domestic abuse their business

Wednesday, 13th November 2019

Businesses and other organisations across Tamworth are being urged to join a new campaign tackling domestic abuse.

New Era provides free, confidential help and practical support to anyone affected by domestic abuse – victims, perpetrators and their families – regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity, and operates across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

New Era is holding its first free ‘workplace champions’ domestic abuse awareness training day in the borough later this month.

Through a series of interactive, imaginative and thought-provoking presentations, workshops and roleplays, experts from New Era lift the lid on what is often a taboo subject at work.

The first Tamworth training day takes place at Tamworth Enterprise Centre, in Corporation Street, on Friday, November 22 and is delivered in partnership with Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.

Tom Nadin, mentoring growth project manager for Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, said: “According to Government figures, domestic abuse costs the country’s economy and society billions of pounds every year, so tackling the issue is vital for the welfare of employees and employers alike.”

It’s a rolling training programme across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent with other sessions planned at different local venues.

Following the training, participants will be able to spot the signs of domestic abuse, become the single point of contact – designated domestic abuse ‘workplace champion’ – for their organisation, and be equipped with the knowledge to signpost colleagues – and, where appropriate, customers and clients – to the most appropriate support service for them.

The domestic abuse awareness training is just one of a number of free services provided by New Era, which include support groups and tailored one-to-one sessions for children and adults.

New Era’s support for victims is provided by Victim Support and services for perpetrators are provided by the Reducing Reoffending Partnership.

Mickey Hemmings, New Era’s acting head of service, said: “The health and wellbeing of employees is at the heart of New Era’s free one-day domestic abuse awareness training.

“Domestic abuse can affect employees in different ways and spotting the signs can be challenging. Research shows that employers who don’t tackle domestic abuse are more likely to see a reduction in productivity and lower staff morale within their organisation, as well as a higher turnover of people, which could, in turn, lead to extra recruitment, training and other costs.”

New Era was commissioned in October 2018 by the Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime – Matthew Ellis – with Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Any local employers who would like to nominate employees for the training day or register their interest in a future event can contact Tom on 01782 202222 or email: info@staffordshirechambers.co.uk